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Research is a cornerstone of academic institutions, enabling innovation and advancement in various fields. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recognizes the importance of research within Tribal communities and supports programs specifically for TCUs. This financial support enables TCUs to conduct research projects focused on improving agricultural practices, land stewardship, and the overall well-being of Native communities. 

What does research and education look like in Indian Country, and why is it important?

Tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) play a vital role in providing higher education opportunities and fostering cultural preservation within Native communities across the United States. These institutions face unique challenges and have distinct needs, making it crucial to understand how federal legislation affects their growth and sustainability. Among the many legislative measures that impact TCUs, the Farm Bill holds significant implications.

According to NFBC’s Gaining Ground, since 1862, the definition of a land grant institution has been expanded several times through legislation. The definition was first expanded to include Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in 1890. More recently, Congress granted land-grant status and funded authority to the first group of Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) through the Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994. Many new research funding opportunities were created in the Farm Bill for TCUs.

Find the Native Farm Bill Coalition’s priorities for the next Farm Bill here.

Marker Bills Regarding Research and Education


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